The Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) is a festival dedicated to celebrating and supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.

Since its creation in 2002, the annual film festival has grown to become the South’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian American cinema. Over the last many years, the festival has provided opportunities for over 400 Asian and Asian American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the only venue for their films to be shown in Dallas. The films have also allowed festival goers a chance to experience other lives and cultures without leaving their seats.

This year, AFFD is proud to celebrate its 13th annual film festival from July 10-17, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Over  nine countries will be represented in this year’s festival, Twelve filmmakers have confirmed they will attend. Thirty-nine films will be screened, and several will be international and North American premieres.

The festival will include an opening and closing party, a filmmakers reception and an art exhibition.

Organizers say there is more diversity this year in the selection of films. The opening film will be Black Butler by Kentaro Otani of Japan. Others to be screened include Funny Money with director Thien Do of Vietnam in attendance and Man From Reno with director Dave Boyle also attending the festival.